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7-March-2024-Editorial

March 7 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm

TEMPLE DISCOVERIES HIGHLIGHT CHALUKYA EXPANSION

Archaeologists from PRIHAH have made significant discoveries in Mudimanikyam village, Telangana, unearthing ancient temples and an inscription dating back to the Badami Chalukyan period. These findings shed light on the rich cultural heritage of the Chalukya dynasty and its architectural prowess.

Recent Excavation Highlights:

Ancient Temples:

  • Dated between 543 AD and 750 AD, two temples showcase a blend of Badami Chalukyan and Kadamba Nagara architectural styles.
  • Notable features include a Shiva lingam base (panavattam) and a Vishnu idol.

Rare Inscription:

  • The discovery includes an inscription named ‘Gandaloranru’, dating back to the 8th or 9th Century AD.
  • Significance: Extends the known boundaries of the Badami Chalukya kingdom, challenging previous beliefs.

Key Features of the Chalukya Dynasty:

Dynastic Structure:

  • Comprised Chalukyas of Badami, Eastern Chalukyas, and Western Chalukyas.
  • Badami Chalukyas, originating in Vatapi (modern Badami in Karnataka), ruled from the early 6th to mid-8th century.

Foundation and Governance:

  • Pulikesin I fortified a hill near Badami, laying the foundation for Chalukya ascendancy.
  • Structured administrative divisions facilitated effective governance.

Religious Patronage:

  • Notable patrons of Saivism, Vaishnavism, Jainism, and Buddhism, promoting religious diversity.
  • Hiuen Tsang’s accounts highlight Buddhist centres in Chalukya territories.

Architectural Contributions:

  • Introduced soft sandstone temple architecture in Deccan.
  • Temples categorized as excavated cave temples and structural temples.

Literary and Cultural Legacy:

  • Utilized Sanskrit for inscriptions but recognized regional languages like Kannada.
  • Embraced the Vakataka style in painting, evident in cave temples dedicated to Vishnu in Badami.

Aihole Inscription of Pulikesin II:

Historical Significance:

  • Located in Megudi temple, Aihole, it provides insights into Chalukya history and achievements.
  • Crafted by poet Ravikriti, the inscription glorifies Pulakesin II as the embodiment of truth.

Cultural Legacy:

  • Aihole, known as the cradle of Indian temple architecture, symbolizes Chalukya cultural excellence.
  • The inscription highlights the dynasty’s triumphs over adversaries, including Harshavardhana.

Conclusion:

The recent archaeological discoveries in Mudimanikyam village, Telangana, offer valuable insights into the Chalukya dynasty’s cultural, architectural, and historical significance.

As guardians of India’s rich heritage, it is crucial to preserve and study these sites to unravel the mysteries of the past and appreciate the diverse cultural tapestry of India.

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Date:
March 7
Time:
7:00 am - 11:30 pm
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